I am writing this report in english so that it may not only reach the usual german community but the english speaking people out there as well. My message is clear: if you ever go to Barcelona, this is definitely the place to be!
Lots can be said about the rooms, it has been said by previous reviewers, yet let me point out one thing that I have learned along my travels through Europe: five stars is not always five stars and you never know what to expect so be smart enough to follow the postings on tripadvisor. This is what I did in this particular case, as I wanted a place near the main attractions of Barcelona without having to pay an exuberant amount of money to accomodate three people.
I hit the right place. It is situated between Passeig de Gracia and the Rambla Catalunia, smack down right in the middle of the most attractive part of town without being exposed to the touristy hustle and bustle just some hundreds meters away. The Calle Florenca is very quiet in a most attractive way, it offers some small coffee shops and take aways as well as some very nice fashion stores. Yet it is a connecting street between the two aforementioned streets and not too many tourists enter it as there is more up the bigger roads- so why bother. Good for the travellers nestling here. For busy Barcelona, serenity is a big plus. Near the B&B you find the world famous La Pedreira, just a "stonethrow" away. Don't try. You might hurt someone.
When you enter the B&B you might be surprised about the looks and feels of this place. The colours used in the parlor and breakfast room are dark, grey and aubergine, yet it fits the whole design idea quite well. The owner has proven to be of good taste and left nothing to chance, you will see. Even the smallest item there is set up pretty perfectly.
The rooms are located on the first floor of a modernist building, so called after a very important phase in architectural development in Europe in the years between 1905 and 1930. The most obvious sign for this architectural style is the playfulness and rich floral style that is shown in plastering, floor tiling and outside design of these buldings. It is rich in ideas and fanciness without having an attitude.
All rooms are fitted with furniture from that period of design, even the backrests of the beds have that style of design with rich floral ornamentation, such a nice rest for the head and eyes! Furniture is almost antique in a true way, some of the sitting items were so neat that I didn't want to sit on them in admiration of beauty.
The bathrooms are brand new, all nice and clean, stylish and modern in good taste fitted into the given space. We had the privilege of settling in a room with a porch/balcony so we were able to enjoy our lush and fresh breakfast out in the morning sun. The other room we rented faced the street and offered a small balcony that fitted two chairs and a petite table. Cute, just the right room for the little lady accompanying us.
A very attentive and friendly host received us and set us up with information about the city, being helpful in every way we desired. Thank you for the attendance, it made our stay here even nicer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Circa 1905 is a small Bed & Breakfast located on the first floor of a modernist building in the historic quarter of "Eixample", close to Paseo de Gracia and La Pedrera of Gaudi. The nine rooms of the house have been recovered by the owner and architect mixing old and new, tradition and comfort to offer guests a cozy and refined atmosphere where feel at home. Each room has been individually furnished, all have private bathrooms, and many have a balcony or terrace. Circa 1905 offers breakfast with fresh, seasonal products and a coffecorner available to guests all day. Free WiFi, safebox, toiletries, 24 hour reception and luggage storage service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Circa 1905 Barcelona, Catalonia